Things To Know About Submersible Well Pumps

Most well pumps have a drill limit of 120 feet, but submersible well pumps can be drilled 400 feet, ensuring you find good, drinkable water. These pumps also move water to the surface quickly and efficiently, as if you turned on a faucet. Before installing submersible pumps Tampa, there are a few things you should know.

How They Work

Submersible well pumps were used to pump oil as early as the 1920s. However, in the mid-1960s, these pumps were reconfigured so they could pump potable water, making it available and affordable in areas that did not have shallow wells.

These baseball bat-sized pumps are stainless steel cylinders with attached plastic water pipes that are lowered into the well water. The pump is positioned at the bottom of the well and is regulated by a pressure tank mounted on the pipe. The pump pushes the water into the well tank, increasing the pressure. When the pressure falls, the pump turns on again and restores the water levels in the tank.


These pumps have very little maintenance. Every few years, a well-system inspection should be scheduled. Because they are submersed, it is difficult to detect any pump problems without pulling the well, which requires a professional well driller or specialized plumber.

Failure Signs

Although these pumps last about 20-25 years, they give little to no notice of failure. This means that these pumps are largely quite, efficient and issue free, until no water comes out of the faucet. At this point, you should have a professional check the pump’s circuit breaker. In addition, your water table may need to be checked, requiring that you not use water for a few hours and look for sediment in the water. Sputtering or spitting faucets are also signals of pump failure.

Submersible well pumps are highly efficient and resist corrosion. They also have long lifespans. If you need to drill a deep well to find potable water, consider investing in a submersible well pump.